This section of the blog describes the blogs, presentations and workshops I have run at various events and conferences.
These descriptions may include video of the presentations, or slideshows as well as links to blog posts made during the conference.
Spotlight on Digital Capabilities 25 May 2016 – 26 May 2016, Austin Court, Birmingham
In a world of fast changing technologies, how do we enable staff and students to keep up with developments and apply them in relevant, effective and efficient ways? This event brings together key people working on staff and student digital capabilities in the sector, and includes speakers from outside HE to share lessons from other sectors. We will cover a range of topics, including: digital leadership, pedagogy and effectiveness, assistive technologies, digital identity, branding, scholarship.
LILAC – 21st – 23rd March 2016
LILAC is the Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference and is a firm favourite in the calendar of information professionals. The conference is brimming with new ideas, innovative teaching techniques, inspiring speakers and exciting social events.
LSE NetworkED – 9th March 2016
Alas I was ill and was unable to present at the LSE NetworkED event in London. Hopefully this will be rescheduled for the autumn.
Jisc Digifest – 2nd/3rd March 2016
I was at the annual Jisc Digital Festival in Birmingham. I am presenting and running a workshop on digital capabilities.
ALT Online Winter Conference #altc – 9th/10th December 2015
I presented a webinar on digital capability at the ALT Online Winter Conference and facilitating a Twitter Chat. Both sessions took place on the 10th December.
Heart of Worcestershire College – 9th November 2015
I delivered the keynote at the HoW staff development conference on the 9th November.
Jisc Experts Meeting – 14th October 2015
I attended and presented at the Jisc Experts Meeting in Birmingham.
ALT-C 2015 – 8th – 10th September 2015
I attended and presented at ALT-C 2015 in Manchester.
AGCAS Annual Conference for HE Careers and Employability Professionals – 2nd September 2015
I delivered a workshop on: Evidencing digital capabilities: A framework for students and staff at the AGCAS Annual Conference for HE Careers and Employability Professionals at Scarman House, University of Warwick.
9th-10th March 2015
I attended both days of the JISC Digifest 15.
We’re pleased to announce that registration for the Jisc Digital Festival 2015 (#digifest15) is now open.
After the success of last year’s festival, Jisc Digital Festival returns for 2015 on the theme of ‘connect more’, bringing people together through digital technology across UK education and research to position the UK at the forefront of international practice.
The event will showcase the very best in UK digital talent, including MOOC pioneer Simon Nelson, chief executive of FutureLearn, who has been announced as the first of our keynote speakers.
Also at the festival will be the Jisc Fab Lab, which will showcase the latest advancements in digital technologies through a series of live talks and demonstrations.
22nd January 2015
I attended BETT 2015 on Thursday 22nd January.
December 2nd 2014
I presented at ALT’s CPD Rebooted – Creative Professional Development in Learning Technology event in Edinburgh.
I spoke and discussed the use of Oculus Rift and VR tech for CPD and learning.
The ALT winter conference #altc, is taking place on Tuesday 2 December at the Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh, UK. This first winter conference will have a focus on creative approaches to professional development in Learning Technology and CMALT, ALT’s peer-based accreditation scheme and feature a hands-on new technology showcase.
December 1st 2014
I was intending to attend the Think Out Loud Club in London, however due to timing I was unable to attend.
I presented at FOTE 14 in London.
I attended the ALT Conference in Warwick.
I attended the Jisc Digifest 2015.
I was hoping to attend Learning Without Frontiers – alas it was cancelled.
I attended FOTE 12 in London.
I attended the Xerte Meeting in Nottingham.
I attended ALT-C 2012 in Manchester.
I attended the JISC Online Conference.
3rd February 2012 – I presented the keynote at the Teacher Training and Technologies Conference 2012 at the University of Huddersfield.
As teacher educators we need to be ‘ahead of the game’ when it comes to incorporating IT technologies into our own teaching. We also need to understand how we can support trainee teachers to use such technologies effectively in their own teaching. Tablet and mobile technology has developed at an incredible rate over the last few years and more of our students have access to such technology. How are we able to develop not only our own skills and understanding but those of our trainees and other students? This conference offers the opportunity to participate in an event that will give you access to practitioners from across the Lifelong Learning sector and HE who have developed ways of using technology to enhance learning. We have a range of workshops (including two from JISC who have identified a numbers of ‘apps’ that are useful for teacher educators) as well as two main speakers. This conference is being jointly presented by JISC RSC Yorkshire and Humber with the PCET Consortium/HUDCETT of the University of Huddersfield.
25th-26th January 2012 – I am attending the Learning Without Frontiers conference in London. I will be involved in a panel session.
24th November 2011, London – I presented at the CILIP eBooks Executive Briefing: Expanding our horizons – libraries and the changing e-Book landscape
15th November 2011, Birmingham – I was part of a workshop on emerging technologies.
I once again presented at FOTE on the 7th October 2011.
6th-8th September 2011 – I attended ALT-C 2011 “Thriving in colder and more challenging climate”.
6th July 2011 – I ran a workshop at City of Bristol College on mobile learning.
15th June 2011 – I delivered four presentations of six minutes each at the RSC SW Turbo TEL event at City of Bristol College.
7th April 2011 – With Mark Power, CETIS, we ran a workshop on Web Apps at the Plymouth e-Learning Conference.
4-6th April 2011 – I ran a workshop on mobile technologies in the Library at UKSG 2011. Is there a role for mobile devices in the modern library? What are the issues, challenges and opportunities of using mobile devices to support learning and resource discovery in the library? Is it time to stop telling people to turn off their mobile phones? From communication, collaboration, storage, notes, books, journals and more, mobile technologies are changing the way in which users are can and are using libraries.
31st March 2011 – I delivered the keynote at an event for an CPD Day for CLD Practitioners, Supported by LLUK Upskilling Fund and the Highland Council.
26-27th January 2011 – I presented a session on mobile and immersive learning at Learning Technologies 2011. The proliferation of powerful mobile devices in the past 24 months, combined with a savvy population of users has led to a change in the way we use information. Many of us now expect to be able to read and interact on the move using smart devices like the iPhone and Android phones, or the iPad. At the same time, e-books and readers allow us to carry thousands of books in one device. Potentially this could be a great moment for extending learning – but what is the role of the L&D function in all this?
9th-11th January 2011 – I attended the Learning without Frontiers Conference 2011.
16th November – 26th November – I was the conference blogger for the JISC Innovating e-Learning 2010 Online Conference.
1st December – I was going to be presenting the keynote at the Sheffield College MoLenet CAMEL Event, sadly the event was canceled because of snow.
29th September 2010 – I presented at the MoLeNET Conference in London.
7th-9th September 2010 – I attended ALT-C 2010 – “Into something rich and strange” – making sense of the sea-change.
15th June 2010 – I presented at the JISC CETIS Mobile Tech Meeting at The University of Bolton.
e-Books and e-Book Readers are going to be big! Apple have the iPad, Amazon have their Kindle, many other manufacturers are offering a wealth of e-Book Readers. Likewise publishers are now offering many more titles in the e-book format.
e-Book Readers that we have already experienced were first generation devices, Apple’s iPad changes everything.
The iPad is a turning point in consumer devices. It is unique user experience and will change the way that we view content and interact with the web.
At the end of the day it doesn’t matter what we think about this in our role as educators, practitioners and learning technologists. The real decision about the iPad will be made by our learners and if we are sensible we will change how we do things in order to meet the needs of our learners. If our learners decide that they want to buy and use the iPad, then I believe as educators we should ensure that our learning content and activities should work on the iPad.
Technology changes, we need to have the culture and flexibility to accommodate those changes in order to provide the best enhanced and improved learning experience for our learners.
This session will demonstrate the potential of the iPad as a tool to enhance and enrich learning. Participants will discuss and debate the merits of the iPad format.
8th/9th April 2010 –I attended the 5th Plymouth e-Learning Conference. The conference will examine the theme of e-learning in a time of change, and will challenge notions of traditional boundaries, learning spaces and roles. We will focus on new practices, new technologies, new environments and new learning. There will be primary, secondary and tertiary education threads. We invite papers on the digital divide, e-learning methods and case studies, mobile and pervasive technologies, digital games, multi-user virtual environments, informal learning, new classroom technologies (PDAs interactive whiteboards, etc), personal learning environments, visual media (videoconference, digital photography), e-portfolios and social software (wikis, blogs, podcasting, etc). I will also be partaking in the Pelican Fringe.
9th March 2010 – I attended the Becta Conference, Time to Innovate: Maximising Value in Further Education and Skills at the ICC, Birmingham.
8th/9th February 2010 – Alas due to illness I could not attend the ALT/JISC TechDis conference “Rewiring Inclusion” event in Nottingham – James Clay will reflect on the conference from his vantage point as “roving rapporteur”.
1st December 2009 – I attended the MoLeNET Conference.
6th-9th December 2009 – I presented a keynote at the ASCILITE 2009 Conference in Auckland, New Zealand.
19th November 2009 – I presented the keynote at the JISC Collections 2009 Annual Conference and AGM.
James Clay will look at the ways in which technological change is having an impact on the ways in which society communicates, accesses entertainment, receives information and how this will impact on learners and learning. Gloucestershire College is an exemplar in the way in which it uses technology to support, enhance and enrich learning. James will explore how the 3000 e-books fit in with the future of learning and how colleges and universities will need to be more responsive to the technological changes taking place.
24th -27th November 2009 – I was the conference blogger for the JISC Online Conference 2009.
21st October – I presented a session on MoLeNET at the JISC Learning and Teaching Practice Experts Meeting.
20th October – I delivered a Keynote presentation on Mobile Learning at the Becta and LSIS Leading Innovation, Embracing Technology Conference.
15th October – I am presenting as part of a webinar for ALT entitled Video on a Shoestring. My session is called Me, my camera and I – So you want to create video, you need a crew then don’t you? A lot of hardware, you know cameras, mixers, microphones. You need lots of time, we’re talking days here aren’t we? Oh and yes you need people, lots of people? Well yes you can do it that way if you want to, or you can do it another way, just you (and a camera now and again). James Clay will show how he creates, edits and delivers videos quickly, easily and without a large crew or lots of money. Find out more.
5th-7th October – I attended the Handheld Learning Conference in London. I presented at the conference on Twitter in the Social Media strand and a presentation, Shiny Stuff, for the MoLeNET session. I also helped to organise the Fringe. I also did a few Pechu Kucha including one on Twenty Web 2.0 Apps for Learning.
2nd October – I presented at the FOTIE Conference in London.
30th September – I presented on mobile learning at HMS Raleigh to the Royal Navy the Army and the RAF.
9th July – I presented at the MIMAS Mobile Learning Event in London. Mobile Learning: Telling Tales showcased how mobile technologies are being used to enhance the learning experience in the classroom and on the move.
16th – 17th June – I attended the RSC SW Summer Conference. I presented a joint keynote with David Sugden and ran a workshop on the future of learning. I was also on the expert panel too.
28th April – I attended the FENC Symposium in Birmingham.
23rd – 24th April – I ran two workshops at the Plymouth e-Learning Conference, one on mobile learning and one on Web 2.0 and learning.
21st April – I ran the ILT Champions Informal Conference at Gloucestershire College.
1st April – I presented the keynote at the RSC Eastern’s Mobile Learning Day and ran a workshop on mobile learning.
27th March – I attended part of the Digital Literacy debate (online) however I was also presenting MoLeNET online presentations at the same time.
5th February 2009 – LSIS eCPD Launch Conference
4th February 2009 – Technology in education and training: a leadership issue –
8th-10th October 2008 – I attended mLearn 2008 in Telford.